Civil War Arkansas
American Civil War
July 4, 1863
CSA Lieutenant General Theophilus Holmes's troops attacked Helena in an attempt to relieve pressure on Vicksburg.
Although the Rebels had more troops and did initially capture some of the fortifications, the Union forces repelled them.
Thus, Helena continued as an important Union enclave in the Trans-Mississippi theater and served as a base for the expedition that captured Little Rock.
Result(s): Union victory
Location: Phillips County
Campaign: Grant's Operations against Vicksburg (1863) previous battle in campaign Campaigns
Date(s): July 4, 1863
Principal Commanders: Major General Benjamin Prentiss [US]; Lieutenant General Theophilus H. Holmes [CS]
Forces Engaged: District of Eastern Arkansas [US]; District of Arkansas [CS]
Estimated Casualties: 1,842 total (US 206; CS 1,636)
Civil War Arkansas, 1863
The Battle for a State
The Arkansas River Valley is one of the most fertile regions in the South. During the Civil War, the river also served as a vital artery for moving troops and
supplies. In 1863 the battle to wrest control of the valley was, in effect, a battle for the state itself.
Civil War Soldier 102 Piece Playset
- 25 Union and 25 Confederate Soldier Figures, 18 Horses, 10 Cannon
- 2 Covered Wagons, 2 Tents, 2 Canoes, 2 Flags, 16 Fences
- Size: Figures Stand up to 2-1/8 inches tall
- Scale: 1/32nd, Wagons and Horses slightly smaller
All Cut to Pieces and Gone to Hell
Union General Frederick
Steele led 8,500 soldiers out of comfortable quarters in Little Rock and into the pine and scrub woodlands of southwest Arkansas. Steele's intended target was Shreveport, Louisiana. He planned to join another Union force coming from Fort Smith, bringing his projected complement to 12,500 troops
Fields of Blood: The Prairie Grove Campaign
A gripping narrative of the events surrounding Prairie Grove, Arkansas, one of the great unsung
battles of the Civil War that effectively ended Confederate offensive operations west of the Mississippi River. Shea provides a colorful account of a grueling campaign that lasted five months and covered hundreds of miles of rugged Ozark terrain
Rugged and Sublime: The Civil War in Arkansas
Arkansas was also the scene of bloody struggles, not only battles but smaller clashes involving guerillas as well. According to editor Mark Christ, the state of Arkansas saw "at least 771 Civil War military actions", a
number which ranks the state fifth in total number of battles, actions, and skirmishes
Red River Campaign: Politics and Cotton in the Civil War
Fought on the Red River throughout Central and Northwestern Louisiana, this campaign is a study in how partisan politics, economic need and personal profit determined military policy and operations in Louisiana and Arkansas during the spring of 1864.
Civil War Arkansas: Beyond Battles and Leaders
Written and first
published in 1866 soon after the author's discharge from the Union army, A.F. Sperry's History of the 33rd Iowa Infantry is one of the classic regimental histories of the American Civil War. It is a detailed account of the regiment's movements and actions
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